By Swami Harshananda
Śarabhañga was a sage belonging to the lineage of Gautama. He had his hermitage on the bank of the river Godāvarī. He was eagerly waiting to meet Rāma whom he knew as an incarnation of Viṣṇu.
When Rāma, Sītā and Lakṣmaṇa arrived at his place, he honored them with great devotion and then gave up his old body in the Vedic fire. He ascended to heaven in a divine form.
- ↑ Rāmāyana of Valmīki Aranyakānda 5
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore